State Cost-Share Assistance

The Delaware General Assembly provides the District with cost-share funds to be used by various cooperating landowners in Kent County to construct Best Management Practices. Applications for cost-share assistance must be submitted for each practice and are approved on a first-come first-served basis. A signed Cooperators Agreement will be required for each applicant.

All practices must meet or exceed USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and must be maintained for a period of ten years. No cost-share will be provided for standards that are considered to be optional and are not necessary for the practice to be constructed to meet NRCS specifications.

A Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Lien will be filed with the Kent County Recorder of Deeds for all conservation practices with the exception of drainage practices. The nonrefundable filing fee of $61 is the responsibility of the applicant and must be submitted with the cost-share application. Likewise, at the end of the maintenance agreement period, the fee to remove the lien will be the responsibility of the property owner at that time.

Best management practices eligible for cost-share are as follows:

FY-2024 KCD Cost-Share Guidelines

  1. Water Management Practices
    • Open Ditching
    • Tile Drainage
    • Land Grading and/or Smoothing
  2. Animal & Agricultural Waste Management Systems
    • Poultry Composter
    • Poultry Manure Storage Structure
    • Dairy Waste Systems
    • Equine Manure Storage Structure
    • Heavy Use Area Protection (Concrete Pads) for Poultry
    • Spray Irrigation Equipment
    • Heavy Use Area Protection for Dairy
  3. Water Quality Practices
    • Drainage Ditch Impoundments
    • Ponds – Type 3 CRP CP3A & CP 23
    • Cover Crops
  4. Erosion and Sediment Control Practices
    • Water and Sediment Control Basins
    • Critical Area Treatment Structures
    • Sod Waterways
    • Windbreaks
  5. Administrative & Technical Assistance
  6. Special Projects

Cost-Share Application Form

Virginia Grimm


Virginia began working with the District in February 2023. Virginia works with our farmers on nutrient management planning, cover crop programs, and works with USDA-NRCS to implement federal programs. Virginia is a certified nutrient management planner.